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This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

2014 Tevis Cup

  "The power of imagination makes us infinite."
– John Muir

On October 9, 2014 will be the 59th Tevis Cup endurance race. This 100 mile international horse race takes place in the Sierra Nevada’s and is the granddaddy of endurance racing. This year, for the first time, Israel will be represented by two riders -a father and son. For some  Tevis Cup background , the  following was taken from Chapter 6 In “ It Has Nothing To Do With Age “  A short segment of that chapter reads as follows:
“The Tevis is a 100 mile one day endurance ride that begins at Robie Park near Truckee (north of Lake Tahoe) and ends at the fairgrounds in Auburn. The Tevis is rich in history and characters, and I’d like to share a bit of history about the ride in the man who started it. The following information is found in Bill G. Wilson’s book, “Challenging the Mountains: The Life and Times of Wendell T. Robie.”
In 1955, the Reno Gazette Journal in an article describing, “Some gentleman from Auburn are attempting a one day 100 mile ride out of Tahoe City.” Five riders; Nick Mansfield, William Patrick, Pat Sewell, Richard Highfield, and Wendell Robie said they could ride over 9000 feet of  summit, go through deep canyons, and follow a trail that no other horsemen had traveled on such a ride. This ride had a lot of unknowns. One major question was, could a horseback rider travel and cover 100 miles in a day?
Robie claims that organizing the event would bring new home and property orders to Auburn and give valuable publicity to the town (Robie was a businessman in Auburn-he was into lumber, real estate, and later started a bank). He quoted the Vermont organizers of a 100 mile Green Mountain trail ride, who claimed that people keep fit by riding horseback. He also quoted Winston Churchill’s famous phrase, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.”
Robie was influenced by pioneer Bob Watson, who was the last constable of Tahoe City. One of Watson’s mission’s in life was to re-establish the original Emigrant Trail over the Sierra crest. Long lost to overgrowth and lack of use, the trail was used by Native Americans as part of their seasonal migratory route, as well as gold miners in the late 1840s and early 1850s that traverse this rugged trail in their search for instant riches. Later on in the 1850s, the trail was also used by those leaving California in search for silver in the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Watson’s quest to redefine the trail was a proud endeavor and he enlisted like-spirits in finding the trail, including Wendell Robie, and a group of Auburn man who belonged to the Native Sons of the Golden West. In one of their trail- marking journeys in 1935, they took along a movie camera and captured the adventures of their ride, including pack horses breaking loose and scattering their goods over mountain ridges. In addition to finding and marking the entire trail, when he was in his 70s, Bob Watson erected a shrine dedicated to all the pioneers who had traveled this trail. The edifice was later named Watson’s Monument; located at the top of Emigrant Pass, and topped with an American flag that all the runners and riders pass by during their events.”
Good luck to all the riders and their steeds.

For more about this illustrious event and other extraordinary events and the people that compete, I refer you to my book. In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, bonding, loving and appreciating because it’s good for you.


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